Culture Politics

“It’s not enough that we succeed. Cats must also fail.”

Leo Cullum drew this comic,  published in The New Yorker magazine in January 1997.  Coullum was a Vietnam veteran and one of The New Yorker’s most popular cartoonists in the 80’s and 90’s.  His cartoons usually featured animals.

I think the cartoon makes a powerful statement about privilege, greed and power.  The dogs are wearing power suits and sneering.  One has a martini and one has a highball.  These dogs have plenty of success, but now they want more than success- they want control over a minority group.

I think about this comic a lot these days.  Wanting another group to fail feels insidious and greedy.  I hope people see that one group’s success is not contingent on another’s failure.

 

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